14 days in Finland Itinerary

14 days in Finland Itinerary

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14 days in Finland Itinerary

Start: Istanbul
Fly + train:  8​h
1
Tampere
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Turku
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  4​h 30​min
3
Levi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Rovaniemi
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
5
Helsinki
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Istanbul

2
nights
Tampere

Tampere ©
Finland's third largest city, Tampere boasts an array of cultural offerings and a lively music scene.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tampere Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Rauhaniemi Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Cross Church.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, you can read our Tampere online visit planner .

Istanbul, Turkey to Tampere is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Istanbul to Tampere is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Istanbul, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Tampere, ranging from highs of 0°C to lows of -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can take a train to Turku.

Things to do in Tampere

#Parks, #Theme Parks, #Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Holy Cross Church
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Pyynikki Park and Observation Tower ©
Holy Cross Church ©
Holy Cross Church
Rauhaniemi Beach ©
Rauhaniemi Beach

2
nights
Turku

Turku ©
Sitting at the mouth of the Aura River, Turku is one of Finland's quaintest and most historically rich towns.
On the 5th (Wed), get lost in a book at Turku City Library, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Turku Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ispoinen Beach and Sauna, then get a new perspective on nature at Turku Biological Museum, and finally have fun at Moomin World. Keep things going the next day: let the kids burn off some steam at Adventure Park, see the interesting displays at Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum, then delve into the distant past at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, and finally step into the grandiose world of Turku Castle.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Turku trip planner .

You can take a train from Tampere to Turku in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Turku can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Levi.

Things to do in Turku

#Museums, #Historic Sites, #Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moomin World
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Turku Castle ©
Turku Castle
Turku Cathedral ©
Turku Cathedral
Turku City Library ©
Turku City Library

2
nights
Levi

Levi ©
Finland's largest and most popular ski resort, the fell of Levi provides excellent slopes and lively nightlife in an enchanting setting.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Snow Village, explore and take pictures at Ice Karting Levi, then make a trip to LUVATTUMAA - Levi Ice Gallery, and finally wander the streets of Ounasjoki - River for activities. Keep things going the next day: ski along the peaceful trails at Levi Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Levi journey maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Turku to Levi takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Turku in December: high temperatures in Levi hover around -6°C and lows are around -15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Rovaniemi.

Things to do in Levi

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Snow Village
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Levi Ski Resort ©
Levi Ski Resort
Ice Karting Levi ©
Ice Karting Levi
Snow Village ©
Snow Village

2
nights
Rovaniemi

Rovaniemi ©
An urban center set amongst the great Arctic wilderness, Rovaniemi serves as the capital of Lapland province.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Lordi's Square, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then see Santa Claus Office, then find something for the whole family at Santa Claus Village, and finally snap pictures at Lumberjack's Candle Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at SantaPark, get engrossed in the history at Arktikum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Rovaniemi Church.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rovaniemi day trip planning site .

Drive from Levi to Rovaniemi in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Rovaniemi sees daily highs of -6°C and lows of -13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Helsinki.

Things to do in Rovaniemi

#Theme Parks, #Museums, #Wildlife
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Santa Claus Village ©
Santa Claus Village
Safaris
Santa Claus Office ©
Santa Claus Office

5
nights
Helsinki

Helsinki ©
Finland's largest and most populated metropolis, the maritime town of Helsinki boasts varied architecture, a lively cafe culture, and plethora of picturesque natural delights.
Pack the 13th (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Linnanmaki Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rock Church, learn about all things military at Fortress of Suomenlinna, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Helsinki Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Kansallisgalleria.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Helsinki road trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Rovaniemi to Helsinki takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Rovaniemi in December, with highs in Helsinki at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Helsinki

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites
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Rock Church ©
Rock Church
Fortress of Suomenlinna ©
Fortress of Suomenlinna
Helsinki Cathedral ©
Helsinki Cathedral

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